How to
How to help your young child to learn
4 days ago
Do you want to help your young child who’s in primary school, but you don’t know what to do? Remember, you as parent or care-giver are your child’s first teacher – think of all they have learnt already! And you can help your child with improving their academic ability as well. Here are some ways…
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How to lawfully clear and remove a criminal record
2 weeks ago
If you found yourself on the wrong side of the law when you were younger and have a criminal record it can be depressing and very challenging to find a job. Even if the offence was minor, if you were convicted and sentenced, you will have a criminal record. BUT you can get your record…
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How to get a Police Clearance Certificate
3 weeks ago
You're applying for a job working with young children at a creche, but the creche owner says you can't get the job unless you have a Police Clearance Certificate. What on earth is this? And, how can you get it? Don't worry, we've got some quick answers for you... What is a Police Clearance Certificate?…
Mindspace
Languages at home
3 days ago
I am a millennial mom raising two boys in the city. I am aware of the importance of teaching them their home language, which is isiXhosa. A while back I came across a Facebook post saying that black people with children that can not speak their home language should be ashamed of themselves. This has…
Mindspace
The conversation
a week ago
You wake up in the morning, half of your face ready to prepare for the day ahead, the other half in anguish and disgust of having to abandon sleep. Eyes half-dead, the corner of your mouth still dripping with drool, existential angst creeps in: “Why was I born?”, “Is living really worth it”- such scurrying…
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It's time we re-teach black girls about periods
2 weeks ago
I came home to find my 13-year-old cousin in a state. This was out of character for her - she is a happy child, a joker of sorts and she almost never wears her feelings on her face. Obviously concerned, I asked what the matter was. She told me, “The boys were laughing at me…
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Health who?
3 weeks ago
Remember that gym membership you opened in June for that summer body? Or that diet you were nailing just before buying that last number bunny chow? Or that six-pack you were boasting about on Instagram before club-hopping yourself back to a mini-sized football of a belly? Ha-ha-ha, and how is that going for you thus…
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Black Love
a month ago
I didn’t understand the term ‘black love’ when I first heard it. I thought to myself ‘love is love, why must there be black love.’ I then discovered there was even a series called Black Love. I genuinely did not understand what producer, business mogul Oprah Winfrey was trying to achieve by her television production,…
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Is that your baby?
a month ago
So I dropped my girlfriend at the clinic not so long ago; our eight-month old baby girl was due for another vaccination. At the clinic we decided that she go in while I waited in the car. Two hours later she walked out. I gave her a thumbs-up, inquiring if she was all done and…
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December
2 months ago
December, unlike the other months of the year (including one’s own birthday month), is a month that requires a process that many of us dread doing: reflecting. It is in this month that people come together with their friends and family and celebrate the successes they reached throughout the year; celebrate the fact that they…
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Cultural appropriation
2 months ago
“So, celebrating Halloween is gaining momentum in the republic. Weird,” a local celebrity tweeted on the night of the celebrations. Halloween is an American tradition that bears no meaning in Africa. I shuddered the thought of how horribly wrong things could have gone, particularly for white people. And my mind replayed a Heritage Day occurrence…
Work-Wise
The value of working in a trade
6 days ago
Often, when we think of our working life, we think that finding a job is based only on our academic results. Perhaps you haven’t achieved the results you wanted, or you don’t actually know what you want to do. Have you considered a trade? This line of work is often ignored but is actually a…
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Soft skills and why they are especially important for young people
3 weeks ago
When we are at school, the focus of our education system is on developing knowledge and hard skills. For example, you acquire the skill to read, write and do maths and you gain knowledge about the world in the subjects that you take. But this isn’t enough for today’s world of work. Knowledge is much…
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Set your goals and find a meaningful job
a month ago
The year has begun and things might have changed for you. Perhaps you have just received your matric results or your work contract came to an end in December? Now you need to find a new path. You want to find a job and, although you can get advice from family, friends and even the…